What started as a series of weekly shows at a tiny Melbourne bar has bloomed into one of Australasia’s most beloved festival institutions (incl Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney & Singapore).

Across a decade of expansion that has seen the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival become an international signifier of essential music, the event continues to showcase its original set of values: championing community, fostering collaboration, encouraging self-expression, and finding ongoing excuses to have fun.

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is about leading new and revered seminal music. The festival has always been interested in finding what’s fresh and bringing it to unique settings and surrounds to be appreciated by music lovers.

2017 invites another array of international musicians to the stage including Aurora, Bob Moses, Chet Faker, Nao, Tourist, Flight Facilities and many more!

Another exciting aspect of Laneway 2017 is the new location, having moved from Silo Park, Laneway is now taking up residence in the heart of Auckland’s Albert Park, surrounded by trees the location is a perfect place for one of the best days out this summer.

SoundTravels met with Mark Kneebone from Laneway to ask him a few questions about the upcoming festival and it went a little something like this…

Sound Travels: Can you give us a brief description of your job + the best part of your job?

Mark Kneebone: I am the co-promoter for St Jeromes Laneway Festival. The best part of my job is getting work with some incredibly talented musicians and artists on a daily basis.

Sound Travels: Laneway is moving to Albert Park! Thoughts about the new location?

Mark Kneebone: We are really proud it has come together and believe we have secured the best festival site in the country. To have a space that special become available is the culmination of a lot of hard work and some key people in the council buying into the idea that Auckland needs unique events.

ST: Where do you think the future of NZ music festivals is heading?

MK: I believe boutique festivals are the future. It’s been a very long time since someone profitably sold 30,000 tickets to a festival in NZ. Maybe that market will come back but I don’t see it happening anytime soon. If you look at other events around the country that have gone for that high volume younger demographic they have all inevitably run into huge logistical and behavior issues.

ST: What is your international music festival bucket list?

MK: Primavera Sound in Barcelona is my favorite festival but it looks like I will get a chance to go to Dekmantel is Amsterdam this year which is a big one to tick off my list.

ST: How stoked are you about the lineup for Laneway this year? Any personal favourites?

MK: Tame Impala are one of my favorite all time bands, and I never thought Refused would ever make it to NZ so I’m really happy with the way it has come together.

‘We’re definitely looking forward to checking out Glass Animals…though we’ve spotted a potential line up clash with Nick Murphy (Chet Faker)…argh!#@!!

With such an exciting day of music and summer ahead Sound Travels thought we’d do you a favour… we have x2 passes to St Jeromes Laneway Festival to giveaway to a deserving winner see below for how to enter and t’s & c’s.

  1. Go to Instagram and follow SoundTravelsNZ
  2. Regram our giveaway post 
  3. Tag the artist you’re most excited to see at Laneway, as well as a friend you’d take with you
  4. Use the #soundtravelsgiveaway

Make sure your profile is public so we can see your entry! If you don’t have Instagram but would love a chance to enter you can do the same with our Facebook page SoundTravelsNZ, there will be a post to share and then the same rules apply!


The prize consists of two Laneway passes to the Auckland Laneway Festival on Monday 30th January 2017.
The winner will be drawn randomly and be notified via an Instagram or Facebook announcement on the same day.
You must be 18+ to enter.
Food and beverage as well as transport are at the prizewinners expense.
The competition is available within New Zealand only.

What: Laneway
When: Jan 30 2017
Where: Albert Park